News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 24, 2012
Two innovative art installations adorn the City’s Block 110 Garage
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Art Commission is pleased to announce the installation of two public artworks – Barnacles and Prairie Logic – at the City’s Block 110 Garage, located at 12th and Walnut streets. A public opening reception featuring the artworks and their artists will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m. on the sixth floor green roof atop the Block 110 Garage.
The intriguing Barnacles was recently installed on the east side of the garage, and the eye-catching Prairie Logic will soon adorn the garage’s sixth floor green roof.
Barnacles, created by local artist team Rie Egawa and Burgess Zbryk, is nine feet tall at the center and spans 80 feet across the uppermost opening of the garage. Each powder-coated white “barnacle” is made of spun steel — crafted here in Kansas City by United Metal Spinning — and includes a blue polycarbonate center, which highlights sunshine and car headlights in and outside the garage day and night.
Prairie Logic, by New York artist Janet Zweig and Kansas City’s el dorado architects inc., refers to Missouri history by highlighting native prairie grasses and inserting a modified boxcar in the urban landscape.
Prairie Logic is primarily intended to be a place of contemplation and reflection, as viewed from adjacent buildings and as experienced on site. While the boxcar will usually be closed, the doors may occasionally be opened and the space within used as a proscenium stage. The site includes a small gravel-paved area adjacent to the sculpture where a small “audience” for art or educational events can gather.
The public art project was funded by the City’s One Percent for Art program, which, by ordinance, sets-aside one percent of municipal building construction and renovation budgets for the inclusion of unique artwork enhancements. The One Percent for Art program is coordinated by the Municipal Art Commission.
Individuals attending the Friday, Oct. 5 opening reception are advised to enter the Block 110 Garage from Main Street between 12th and 13th streets and use the stairs or elevators that go to the sixth floor.
Media inquiries about Barnacles, Prairie Logic or the One Percent for Art program should be directed to Porter Arneill, public art administrator, at 816-513-2538.